California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
By voice vote, the 40-member chamber elected Sen. Kevin de Leon to succeed Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, who will step down Oct. 15, about seven weeks after this year’s legislative session has ended.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton targets synthetic marijuana or stimulants known as “spice” and “bath salts.”
The bill’s author, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, says it’s needed to help lift low-wage earners out of poverty.
The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay.
AB2692 by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino passed Monday 69-0 and heads to the Senate.
Sen. Fran Pavley, a Democrat from Agoura Hills, says her SB910 would close a loophole in state law that excludes children from coverage under protective orders for domestic violence.
State senators in Sacramento are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving two Southland lawmakers this year.
The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.
Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.
The state Senate leader has canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.
A state Senate committee will not consider a Republican resolution seeking to expel a Democrat awaiting sentencing on perjury and voter fraud charges.
Democrats in the Senate have sidetracked an attempt by Republican lawmakers to expel a senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud.
Senators approved the Imitation Firearm Safety Act on a party-line 22-8 vote, although several senators from each party did not vote. It now goes to the Assembly.
A new piece of legislation is seeking to protect Californians from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).